India bans TikTok, WeChat and dozens more Chinese apps

Joanna Estrada
June 30, 2020

The apps "are prejudicial to the sovereignty and integrity of India, [the] defense of India and the security of state and public order", the ministry said.

Anti-China sentiment has been simmering in India since the June 15 clash in Ladakh in which 20 Indian soldiers were killed in the line of duty. "We place the highest importance on user privacy and integrity, ' he said, adding that it had been invited to a meeting with the Indian government 'for an opportunity to respond and submit clarifications".

The ban is also expected to be a big stumbling block for firms such as Beijing-based Bytedance which had plans to invest $1bn in India, open a local data centre, and had recently ramped up hiring in the country.

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For users who have the TikTok app download can still use the app and post videos but legally the platform is now banned in India.

The government has received complaints that such applications were "stealing and surreptitiously transmitting users' data" to servers outside the country, an activity that "ultimately impinges on the sovereignty and security of India", the statement said.

We reached out to TikTok for a response to the ban, but received no immediate response. Likewise, there have been Similaf bipartisan concerns. flagged by various public representatives, both outside and inside the Parliament of India.

It's unclear what exactly the "ban" means and whether mobile operating system makers, and internet service providers are expected to comply. These apps are listed in the attached appendix. "This move will safeguard the interests of crores of Indian mobile and internet users", the ministry said.

The decision to disallow certain apps "is a targeted move to ensure safety and sovereignty of Indian cyberspace", said the Ministry of Information Technology.

As such, the statement continued, the government is banning a host of allegedly violating apps.

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